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      Messi is frustrated with MLS’s time-wasting rules. And they could go global

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 09:00

    Efforts to cut down on time-wasting are laudable. But there are flaws in the new scheme that need to be tweaked before a worldwide rollout

    Lionel Messi was not happy. It was a little over 40 minutes into Inter Miami’s trip to Quebec to take on CF Montréal this past Saturday and the star-studded Eastern Conference leaders were 2-0 down. But it was not that Miami were losing that had vexed Messi. He just wanted to be on the pitch.

    Miami had won a free kick 30-yards from goal, slightly right of centre – prime Messi territory. Yet he was not allowed to take it. He’d received treatment on the pitch a minute earlier after being fouled by Montréal defender George Campbell. Due to a new set of rules adopted this season to crack down on time-wasting , Messi had to wait on the sideline for two minutes before being allowed to re-enter the game.

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      Man who made $5m in Masters thefts pleads guilty in federal court

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 18:51 · 1 minute

    • Richard Globensky transported stolen Augusta goods
    • 39-year-old faces up to 10 years in jail over thefts

    A former warehouse assistant for the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia pleaded guilty Wednesday to transporting millions of dollars worth of stolen Masters tournament memorabilia and historic items, including one of Arnold Palmer’s green jackets.

    Richard Globensky, of Georgia, entered the plea during his initial appearance in federal court in Chicago.

    Federal prosecutors said the 39-year-old would take items from the warehouse and sell and transport them to another party in Florida for sale online. The scheme went on for nearly a decade and Globensky made roughly $5m from the sales.

    He was charged with one count of transporting goods knowing they had been stolen.

    “I plead guilty,” Globensky, who was wearing a suit and tie, told the judge.

    The items – stolen between 2009 and 2022 – included T-shirts, mugs and chairs, and historic memorabilia, including green jackets and tickets to Masters tournaments in the 1930s.

    Globensky declined to comment to reporters. His attorney, Thomas Church, said the case was being tried in Chicago because some of the stolen goods were recovered in the area.

    Sentencing will be in late October. Globensky faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, but will likely get closer to two years in prison under the sentencing guidelines.

    Augusta National hosts the annual Masters golf tournament. This year’s edition was won by Scottie Scheffler last month.

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      Chiefs’ kicker Butker rails against Pride, Biden and working women in speech

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 07:33

    • Three-time Super Bowl winner speaks at Benedictine
    • Butker targets Biden, Pride month, Covid policies

    Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker railed against Pride month, working women, US president Biden’s leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and abortion during a commencement address at Benedictine College last weekend.

    The three-time Super Bowl champion delivered the roughly 20-minute address Saturday at the Catholic private liberal arts school in Atchison, Kansas, which is located about 60 miles north of Kansas City.

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      Tiger Woods, PIF and thunderstorms bring chaos in buildup to US PGA

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 19:13

    • American still unable to commit to Ryder Cup captaincy
    • Rory McIlroy files for divorce from wife of seven years

    On one of the more chaotic days in the buildup to a major championship thunderstorms disrupted practice sessions, interviews were cancelled and then reinstated, Tiger Woods said he may not have time to become the Ryder Cup captain and shock news emerged that Rory McIlroy has filed for divorce. If this was a sign of things to come, Valhalla and the 106th staging of the US PGA Championship could prove quite the scene.

    Weather disruption was a theme when McIlroy won this event at Valhalla in 2014, his last major success . The threat of electric storms caused play to be halted shortly before 10am on Tuesday, with pre-event media conferences for the remainder of the day scrapped. More inclement conditions feature in the forecast for the remainder of this week, which is sure to cause anxiety among the hierarchy of the PGA of America.

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      Goff becomes highest-paid player in Lions history with $212m deal, say reports

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 21:46

    • Quarterback led Lions to NFC title game last year
    • Deal is reported to include $170m fully guaranteed

    The Detroit Lions have rewarded quarterback Jared Goff with a four-year, $212m contract extension, according to multiple reports .

    ESPN and NFL.com reported the news on Monday afternoon, with sources indicating $170m of the contract is guaranteed. His current contract was due to expire at the end of the 2024 season, and the new deal would make Goff the highest-paid player in Lions history.

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      Caitlin Clark will earn 2% of the median NBA salary. Is that as ridiculous as it sounds?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 09:00

    The best college player in a generation will be paid significantly less than even the lowest earners among her male counterparts. But there are grounds for optimism

    The surest sign of a sports league on the rise is the arrival of a story about one player’s salary. And ever since it was reported that the biggest star in women’s college basketball, Caitlin Clark, will earn $338,000 over the next four years after turning professional in the WNBA, the foul cries have been coming from all corners.

    “When I saw the numbers – $76,000 in the first year, $78,000 in the second year, $85,000 in the third year – for somebody who is now the face of women’s basketball, it seemed kind of ridiculous,” Today show host Hoda Kotb said. Even Dave Portnoy, majordomo of the proudly misogynistic Barstool Sports, seemed offended: he offered Clark $10m to play for his company’s hoops team. The incredulity went all the way to the top: Joe Biden posted on X that “it’s time that we give our daughters the same opportunities as our sons and ensure women are paid what they deserve.”

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      Tom Brady’s Blues: Birmingham’s relegation proves celebrity doesn’t guarantee success

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 10 May - 09:00

    US stars have flooded English soccer on the backs of the Wrexham phenomenon. But the shimmer of fame cannot overcome ineffective ownership

    Tom Brady was nowhere to be seen as Birmingham City dropped to the third tier of English football. He was, however, in Los Angeles the following day for Netflix’s The Roast of Tom Brady, a live TV special in which Bill Belichick, Kevin Hart and many others ripped into the seven-time Super Bowl winner .

    “I see your soccer team got knocked down another tier in the English Football League,” Belichick, Brady’s former coach, said from the dais. “For those not familiar with English football, thanks to the intricacies of their obscure regulations system, I’ll put it in English for you: they suck! Not so easy to run a team, is it Tom?”

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      14-year-old Cavan Sullivan signs record MLS deal that includes Man City move

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 9 May - 18:09

    • Teenager considered future USMNT star
    • Expected to join City at 18 in pre-arranged transfer

    Cavan Sullivan shrugs off words like prodigy, phenom or even wonderkid, all things he has been called at the age of just 14. But there’s no doubt Sullivan is talented. On Thursday, the Philadelphia Union formally announced that they’ve signed their academy prospect to a Homegrown contract that will eventually land him with Manchester City.

    “I tend not to even listen to what they call me or what they say about me. It’s really just what I think of myself,” Sullivan said. “I don’t really listen to anyone, whether it’s good or bad. So it doesn’t really get to me whatsoever.”

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      Rory McIlroy not returning to PGA Tour board after ‘old wounds’ reopened

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 8 May - 16:22

    • Decision set to cause consternation with sponsors and partners
    • ‘It got pretty complicated and pretty messy,’ declared golfer

    The internal politics of the PGA Tour have been placed into sharp focus after Rory McIlroy was astonishingly prevented from returning to a position of power within the organisation. The inability of McIlroy to take places on the PGA Tour policy board and as a director of PGA Tour Enterprises is certain to cause consternation among sponsors and partners, including the European Tour Group.

    Webb Simpson planned to resign from both boards, with the former US Open champion offering specific instruction that he wanted McIlroy to take on the positions. McIlroy, who has been frustrated at the time being taken to unify golf, was happy to step forward.

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